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April, 2022 

Volume XXVI 

Number 4 

archive edition 

Marjorie Slavens 

April is an important month in our history; several 
of our major wars began in April and some were 
also ended during this month. The American 
Revolution began April 19, 1775 and ended 
September 3, 1783. The Mexican-American War, 
April 25, 1846-February 2, 1848, the Civil War, 
April 12, 1861-April 9, 1865, and the 
Spanish-American War, April 21, 1898-December 
10, 1898, are other major April events. Although 
World War I began in 1914, the United States did 
not enter the war until April 6, 1917. 

I recently found a new podcast that has reminded 
me of some of April’s major events that I had not 
known or had forgotten. The podcast is 
“Reflections of History” and was first presented 
this month. Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize 
winner and author of Destiny and Power, a 
biography of George H. W. Bush, American Lion, 
a biography of Andrew Jackson, and Thomas 
Jefferson: The Art of Power, as well as a more 
recent biography of John Lewis, His Truth Is 
Marching On. He is Carolyn T. And Robert M. 
Rogers Chair in American Presidency in the 
Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt 

“C13Originals and Pulitzer Prize winner and 
best-selling author Jon Meacham, co-creators of 
the 2021 Webby Award-winning Best Podcast 
Series “It Was Said” and the acclaimed podcast 
“Hope, Through History’, join together again for 
a brand-new series that will guide listeners 
through critical moments in our history. Every 
Monday through Friday, Meacham travels back to 

impactful events that occurred on that date in 
history—the birth of a visionary filmmaker, the 
debut of an iconic athlete, the discovery of a 
lifesaving cure, a triumphant legal victory. You’ ll 
learn how that event shaped politics, art, culture, 
sports and science, and why it’s still relevant 

Reflections of History 

Listen on Apple Podcasts 

April 26th: Fenway's First Homerun 

On April 26, 1912, in Boston, Massachusetts, the 
first home run at Fenway Park was hit. Visit 5 min 

April 25th: The United Negro College Fund Is 

On April 25th, 1944, The United Negro College 
Fund was incorporated. 7 min 

April 22nd: Richard Nixon Dies 

April 22st, 1994. The day Richard Nixon, the 37th 
President of the United States, dies 6 min 

April 21st: Queen Elizabeth Is Born 

April 21st, 1926. The day the future Queen 
Elizabeth II is born. 5 min 

April 20th: Macbeth Premiers 

April 20th, 1611. The day William Shakespeare’s 
Macbeth is staged at the Globe. 5 min 

April 19th: The Oklahoma City Bombing 

April 19th, 1995. The day domestic terrorists 
attacked America in Oklahoma City. 6 min 
April 18th: Paul Revere's Ride 

On April 18th, 1775. The day Paul Revere 
galloped into history to warn American 
revolutionaries that the British were coming. 6 

April 15th: Jackie Robinson Joins The Majors 
On April 15th, 1946, in Brooklyn, New York, 
Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major 
League Baseball. 7 min 

April 14th: The Titanic Sinks 

On April 14th, 1912, in the North Atlantic Ocean, 
the mighty ship Titanic sank. 6 min 

April 13th: Thomas Jefferson Is Born 

On April 13th, 1743, in Albermale County, 
Virginia, Thomas Jefferson was born. 7 min 
April 12th: The Polio Vaccine Is Approved 

On April 12th, 1955, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Dr. 
Jonas Salk’s vaccine for polio was approved. 6 

April 11th: LBJ Signs The Civil Rights Bill 

On April 11th, 1968, at the White House, Lyndon 
B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1968. 7 

April 8th: The 13th Amendment Is Passed 

On April 8th, 1864, in Washington, DC, the 
United States Senate passed the 13th Amendment 
to the Constitution. 7 min 

April 7th: Francis Ford Coppola Is Born 

On April 7th, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan, the film 
director Francis Ford Coppola was born. 5 min 
April 6th: The Battle of Shiloh Begins 

On April 6th, 1862, in Hardin County, Tennessee, 
The Battle of Shiloh began. 4 min 

April 5th: Churchill Resigns 

On April 5th, 1955, in London, England, Winston 
Churchill resigned as Prime Minister of Great 
Britain. 6 min 

April 4th: NATO Is Formed 

On April 4th, 1949, In Washington, DC, the 
United States signed a treaty that led to the 
creation of the North Atlantic Treaty 
Organization. 6 min 

© Cadencel13. All Rights Reserved. 

Copyright © 2022 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. 

(Note: This morning, the beginning of the 
construction replacing the World Trade Center 
was started; review of 911 attack.). 
Al Morse 

I like to read in the newspaper each day where 
they show who was having a birthday on that date. 

So, Iam writing my article about family members 
who are also sharing birthdays of other people on 
their particular birthdate. 

I thought of this during this month of April 
because three members of my family have 
birthdays in April. My wife, Dorothy Jean 
(Newcomb) Morse, was born on April 21. She 
celebrated her birthday with Queen Elizabeth. 
Queen Elizabeth was 16 years older than my wife 
would have been. April 21 is also the birth date of 
my grandmother, Laura Jessie (Mooney) Janssens. 
Dorothy's father, Herbert Edgar Newcomb, was 
born on April 16. He was probably hoping she 
would be born on that date. He shared birthdays 
with Charlie Chaplin and Wilbur Wright. On 
April 22 my youngest grandson, Owen, celebrates 
with actor Jack Nicholson and singer Glen 
Campbell. But, April 22 is also Earth Day. It was 
earlier celebrated on the first day of spring in 
March, but was later changed to April 22, the birth 
date of John Muir. He was born in 1838 in 
Scotland, but came to America. He became a well 
known adventurer, Mountain Man, and 
environmentalist. He was a big advocate of 
Yellowstone Park and Yosemite National Park. 

My birthday is January 3. I celebrate with Coach 
Hank Stram. He was coach of the Kansas City 
Chiefs in Super Bowl I and won Super Bowl IV. 
Musician and comedian Victor Borge also had a 
birthday on January 3. Dorothy and I saw him 
perform in Independence. That was one of the 
highlights of my life. 

My father, Albert Frank Morse, was born on July 
11, 1909. His grandmother, Nancy (Ward) Morse, 
died on July 11, 1911. President John Quincy 
Adams was born on July 11, 1767. My mother, 
Mildred Catherine (Janssens) Morse, was born 
October 21, 1910. Born on October 21, 1911 was 
actor Peter Graves. Also TV Judge Judy Sheindlin 
shares an October 21 birthday. 

My oldest son, Brian, shares an October 4 
birthday with Buster Keaton, Charlton Heston, 

and President Rutherford B. Hayes. My youngest 
son, Steve, shares September 29 with 
musician-rocker Jerry Lee Lewis and cowboy 
singer Gene Autry. My oldest grandson, Wyatt, 
shares his birthday with actor Roger Moore, 
General and President Dwight Eisenhower, and 
William Penn, the noted Quaker and founder of 

I find it enjoyable to look at interesting facts about 
my family. I could have dealt with more of my 
relatives, but will close by saying “Happy 

Marjorie Slavens 

Last month in Part 1, we discussed my ancestors 
who served in the Union Army during the Civil 
War. Descendants of my Welty, Coughnower, 
Miller, Brumbach, Kerr, and Crawford families 
had moved to Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas 
before the Civil War This month, we will discuss 
members of families who had descendants who 
served in either the Union or Confederate Armies. 


“Jacob Eppright was born in Maryland in 1783. 
He married Catherina Anamaria (Catherine) Wolf, 
who was born in 1786. They lived in Washington 
County, Maryland, and they later moved to 
Jefferson County, Tennessee. in 1840, they were 
in Johnson County, Missouri. Jacob Eppright was 
a farmer and miller, and he and his family were 
members of the Lutheran Church. Jacob Eppright 
died in 1852, and was buried in a grape arbor on 
the farm. Catherine died September 20, 1866 in 
Johnson County, Missouri. She is buried in Pisgah 
Cemetery in Chilhowee Township, Johnson 
County, Missouri. Many of the Epprights in 
Johnson County, Missouri are buried in Pisgah 
Cemetery in Chilhowee Township, which is 
located one and a half miles north of the village of 
Chilhowee in Section 36 Township 45, Range 27. 
Jacob Eppright died intestate. His executor was 
his son, George Eppright, who was appointed 
January 24, 1852. Security bond--N. M. Smith 
and William Burk. The heirs were his wife 
Catharine, and his children, George, Benjamin and 
Joseph Eppright of Johnson County, Missouri; 
Susan McSpadden and Anny (Sic) Combs of 
Johnson County, Missouri; Napoleon and 
Jonathan Eppright of Jasper County, Missouri; 
Isaac and David Eppright of Travis County, 
Texas; Jacob Eppright, Jr now in state of 
California, Polly Harris, now residing in Cass 
County, Missouri. (Mildred Welty Slavens, Jacob 
Eppright Family, Second Edition, Raymore, 
Missouri, January, 2002) 

Jonathan Eppright, born in Maryland in 1812 and 
died in Jasper County, Missouri in 1883, my great 
great grandfather , was the father of Catharine 
Mary Eppright Welty, my great grandmother. 
Marion J. Eppright, son of Jonathan and Edy 
Meadows Eppright, enlisted in Company H,,. 
Regiment 6 of the Kansas Cavalry January 17, 
1862 during the Civil War. He died at the hospital 
at Fort Scott, Kansas February 8, 1862 of typhoid 
fever. His daughter, Clarinda Allis, born March 
31, 1861, received a pension until she was 16 
years old. The Jonathan Eppright family lived on 
a farm in Jasper County, Missouri during the Civil 
War; we do not know if they were able to 
continue to live on their farm throughout the war, 

or if they had to go to Fort Scott or some other 
area where there was more security. 

Susanna Eppright McSpadden, David Eppright, 
and Isaac Eppright moved to Travis and 
Williamson Counties, Texas before the Civil War. 
Isaac served in the Confederate army. Thomas 
Brewer, son of Anamaria Eppright and Jesse 
Brewer, also served in the army in Travis County, 
Texas, where he lived with his aunt and uncle, 
Susanna Eppright and Thomas Addison 
McSpadden, after his father’s death in Missouri. 

Heapes and Tefertillers 

Thomas Heape, son of John Chalk Heape and 
Martha Allen, was born in York County, 
Pennsylvania in 1811. He married Elizabeth 
Baggs, who was born in New York in 1815. They 
moved from Ohio to Perry County, Illinois with 
his mother and brothers and sisters around 1840. 
Thomas enlisted in the army during the Civil War 
as a private in Company A, Regiment 31, Illinois 
Volunteer Infantry. in Perry County on August 27, 
1861. He was discharged April 2, 1862 following 
a gun shot wound in the right arm at Belmont, 
Missouri.He was too old to have served in the 
army at that time, but he wanted to serve. He 
moved to Cherokee County, Kansas about 1869. 
He drew a Civil War pension because of his 

James Heape, son of Thomas Heape and Elizabeth 
Baggs, was bom in Richland County, Ohio 
November 7, 1836. He married Derinda 
Tefertiller, the daughter of George and Emily 
Tefertiller, also of Perry County, Illinois on 
March 1, 1857 in Perry County. Her father gave 
permission for the marriage because she was not 
of age. In 1860, James and Derinda lived in Wise 
County, Texas, Decatur Township near her 
parents, George W. and Emily Walker Tefertiller 
and Derrinda’s brothers, Marion W. And Henry 
Franklin Tefertiller. Both James and Marion W. 
Tefertiller served in the Confederate army. In 
1870,James and Derinda lived in Cherokee 
County, Kansas, Sheridan Township, not far from 
his parents, Thomas and Elizabeth Baggs Heape. 
In 1880, they lived in Newton County, Missouri, 

Buffalo Township. 

Michael Tefertiller was born About 1755 in 
Alsace, Germany. He was the step-son of 
Fridrich Cramer. He married Barbara Wotring 
March 4, 1775 in Frederick County, Maryland. 
She was the daughter of John Wodring and Anna 
Redmann. Their older children were born in 
Frederick County and baptized at Apple’s Church. 
Some of the church records show the name as 
Diefendeller. It is also spelled Diefedeller. 

George W. Tefertiller, son of Jacob Heinrich 
Tefertiller and Charlotte Plum and grandson of 
Michael Tefertiller, was born in North Carolina 
in 1807. He married Emily T. Walker, who was 
born in Georgia. The 1850 Perry County, Illinois 
census George Tefertiller, 43, was listed as a 
farmer and was born in North Carolina. His wife, 
Emily, was 40 and was born in Georgia. 

George and Emily Tefertiller left Perry County, 
Illinois with their family about 1858 and were 
living in Wise County, Texas in the 1860 census. 
Their sons, Marion W. And Henry Franklin, and 
their son-in-law, James Heape, served in the 
Confederate Army. Marion was born in Tennessee 
on October 20, 1829. He married Emeline Norton 
February 6, 1853 He died in 1863. 

By 1870, George and Emily and their son, Henry 
Franklin, and his family had moved to Dade 
County, Missouri. Their grandson, George 
Buchanan Tefertiller lived with them after the 
death of his father, Marion W. Tefertiller. 

Slavens, Hesler, McFarland 

John Slavens, my 3 great grandfather, grandson of 
the immigrants, John Slaven of Ireland and 
Elizabeth Stewart of Scotland, and son of Reuben 
Slavens, moved from Ohio to what is now Henry 
County, Missouri about 1837. Reuben Slavens, 
oldest son of John Slavens and Mary Ruckman, 
was born September 27, 1825 in Pike County, 
Ohio. He went to Missouri with his father in 
1837. Reuben Slavens bought a 280 acre farm 
there in 1857. He married Nancy Stephenson 
September 28, 1849 in Jackson County, Ohio. He 
returned to Ohio and enlisted in Federal Service in 

1863 during the Civil War and served to the end 
of the war. He died September 20, 1891 in Henry 
County, Missouri and is buried in Bethlehem 

My great great grandfather, George Washington 
Slavens (1829-1907), second son of John Slavens 
and his second wife, Rebecca Meade Brace Crull, 
is my great great grandfather. My great 
grandfather, John Reuben Slavens (1859- 1887), 
was the son of George Washington and Nancy 
Jane Parks Slavens. He married Laura Martin 
Hesler October 12, 1881 in Henry County, 
Missouri. In 1887, he, his wife, their two small 
sons, William Howard, my grandfather, and Frank 
Hardiman, and the families of two of his sisters 
went to California to live. Shortly after their 
arrival, John Reuben died of tetanus on May 23, 
1887. He was buried at Huron, Fresno County, 

Laura Martin Hesler Slavens Hesler (1863-1946) 
was the granddaughter of Jacob Hesler (1767- 
1851, who fought in the War of 1812 and the 
daughter of Martin Hesler (1841-1862) And Susan 
Hill McFarland. Martin Hesler served in the lowa 
Cavalry during the Civil War and died in 
December, 1862. Both of his brothers also served 
in the Union Army, although my _ great 
grandmother insisted all of her life that her 
grandfather and one uncle served in the 
Confederate Army.Her grandfather, Jacob Hesler, 
had died in 1851. She received a Union Civil War 
pension until she was 16 years old because of her 
father’s service. Her mother, Susan Hill 
McFarland Hesler Parks, married John Sherman 
Parks, a Confederate veteran, in 1865 after the 

Several members of the McFarland family served 
in the Confederate Army. James McFarland, 
grandfather of Laura Hesler, went to Springfield 
with his daughter, Susan, to bring her husband, 
Martin’s, body back to Henry County for burial in 
Good Hope Cemetery.. James McFarland died a 
few weeks after this trip. 

George Washington Slavens told his daughter-in- 
law, Laura, that he would care for her and her two 

young sons after they returned from California if 
they remained in Henry County. However, she 
rejected his offer and went to Kentucky to meet 
her father’s family. There, she married her first 
cousin, David William Hesler; they had one son, 
Clyde David (1895-1902). Both my grandfather, 
William Howard Slavens, and my father, Ralph 
Westmeier Slavens, liked Will Hesler. George 
Washington Slavens never saw his two grandsons 
again, but he managed their inheritance when his 
mother-in-law, Susan Parks Parks, died in 1900. 
They were also included in his will when he died 
in 1907, and my grandfather, Howard, was able to 
purchase a farm in Arkansas with his inheritance. 

My great grandmother, Laura Hesler, never gave 

up her dedication to the Confederate cause; I 
remember a poem she cited praising Jefferson 
Davis and attacking Abraham Lincoln. We loved 
her, but we did not share that opinion. 

1940 Census 
Marjorie Slavens 
I looked at for information about 

the 1950 Census and found something I did not 
expect to find. The 1950 Census records were 

released this month, but indexing the records is a 
major task. We all appreciate the many people 
who work with these Census projects; it is not 
easy to read the handwriting of the Census takers 
at times, but they do their work, sometimes in 
very challenging working conditions. The people 
who transcribe the records are challenged by 
handwriting, but they complete their tasks as well 
as they can. 

Census records are very important sources for all 
family historians. Before my mother, Mildred 
Welty Slavens, did her genealogical research 
beginning in the 1970s, she knew nothing about 
her ancestors before her grandparents, and there 
was a great deal she did not know about them. She 
spent hours in libraries in St. Louis and the 
Kansas City area trying to read the microfilm, and 
it was sometimes difficult to get a microfilm 
reader to use. She visited libraries, cemeteries, 
court houses, genealogical societies and wrote 
many letters, some of which were never answered. 

Census records were so important for her. I 
bought her first computer for her 86" birthday. 
She learned, with the help of Ancestry, Fold3,, Genconnect, etc. She made so 
many connections and was always willing to help 
other researchers on the net or here at Foxwood. 

The 1940 Census was released in 2012, four years 
after she died. I tried to find us in the records on 
the net, but we were not in the index. This 
morning, I looked at Ancestry to see how the 1950 

indexing was going, and, believe it or not, I found 
us in the 1940 Census. There were mistakes in our 
records, but I tried to correct them. I was so 
grateful to find them, and I appreciate all of the 
work done to permanently preserve them 

Our surname was listed as “Slavers” instead of 
Slavens. (Handwriting!) It said my father was 22; 
he was 32. It said we lived in Pahuska, Oklahoma 
in 1935, and we lived in Shidler, Oklahoma. I was 
not on the original sheet, but I found me by 
clicking on “More Information). I was listed as 
Majorie, rather than Marjorie. (Not the first time 
that has happened.) My brother was listed as 
Everett G. No, his name was George Everett, so it 
should have been G. Everett. However, I found 
out how much money my father earned that year. 
How did five people live on that little? Many, 
many people did in 1940. He said he worked 52 
weeks during the year. My mother said he was 
glad to finally have a regular pay check, beginning 
in April that year for $17.00 a week. Our story 
was so similar to so many people in the 1930s. I 
will be so glad to see the 1950 records when the 
work is completed, but I was old enough to 
remember 1950,I remember very little, other than 
what people have told me, about 1940. 


Al Morse, President 

Marjorie Slavens, Newsletter Editor 

Julia Morse, Website Administrator and Digital